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Biographical Information
Current Counterpart: Storybrooke
Gender: Female
Status: Alive
Origin: Enchanted Forest
Current Home: Hospital ward (formerly)
Camelot (formerly)
Cassidy Apartment (formerly)
Her farmhouse (formerly)
Dark Palace (formerly)
Dark Castle (formerly)
Emerald Palace
Physical Description
Species: Human
Hair color: Red
Eye color: Blue
Show Information
Portrayed by: Rebecca Mader (Adult)
Isabella Blake-Thomas (Young)[1]
First appearance: "New York City Serenade"
Latest appearance: "Swan Song"
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The Queen may be Evil, but I'm Wicked. And Wicked always wins.

—Zelena to a Flying Monkey src

Zelena, also known as the Wicked Witch of the West, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the twelfth episode of the third season. She is portrayed by starring cast member Rebecca Mader and Isabella Blake-Thomas.[1]

The Wicked Witch of the West is based on the character of the same name from the children's novel, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz".


Before First Curse

Abandoned by her birth mother, who leaves her to be taken by a cyclone, she is taken by it to the land of Oz and picked up by a woman. The woman's husband witnesses the baby exhibit magic by felling a tree, though the latter remains oblivious. Given the name Zelena, she loses her adoptive mother in childhood and grows up with a drunken father. While she is shaving his neck, he harps on Zelena to always put on her best face. Accidentally cutting him with the razor, she conjures a rag, but her use of magic angers him. He reveals the truth, that she is not his biological daughter, and spitefully calls her "wicked". Hurt, she consults the Wizard about her birth family. Zelena finds out she was abandoned because her own mother, Cora, wished to become royalty, which her first-born could not give. She glimpses her half-sister, Regina, who has become Queen and struggles during a magic lesson with her instructor, Rumplestiltskin. Gifted silver slippers, Zelena uses them to travel to Regina's palace, where she dresses herself in her sister's clothes and succeeds in Rumplestiltskin's prior magic lesson. Rumplestiltskin witnesses this, and when she admits being Cora's firstborn, he has doubts until testing her genetics. Accepted by him, she learns that he is making a powerful curse to take himself to a Land Without Magic. She is taught to channel rage, such as anger about her own abandonment as well as jealousy towards Regina, into magic. Rumplestiltskin also teaches Zelena how to let the rage go by thinking of a happy moment, and even shares his childhood memory of being raised by spinsters and eating meat-pies. This helps her realize her happiest moment is having met him. After the lesson, she bakes him a meat-pie, but he has to leave to teach Regina magic. Upset, she reacts in hysterics until he points out that her jealousy is literally turning her skin green. Unwilling to have competition, Zelena attacks Regina, though it is Rumplestiltskin in disguise. He disqualifies her as the future caster of his curse since one of the ingredients required for it is the thing she loves most—him—and that makes her too dangerous. He backtracks upon seeing the silver slippers she has, which can take him to a Land Without Magic. Too furious at his prior rejection, she scathingly promises him that he'll choose her next time. Returning to the Wizard, she asks for a way to change the circumstances of her own past, though he says it's impossible. She rips away the Wizard's curtain, discovering he is just a man putting on a show, and transforms him into a pet flying monkey. As she gets a glimpse of Rumplestiltskin calling Regina his "best pupil", her jealousy reaches a boiling point, and Zelena's skin becomes completely green with envy. ("It's Not Easy Being Green")

Shortly after, Glinda, the Witch of the South, recruits Zelena into a sisterhood of witches. Along with the Witch of the East and the Witch of the North, the trio believe Zelena is destined to join them because of a prophecy foretelling of a sorceress arriving by cyclone and becoming the Witch of the West. Zelena is still obsessed about changing her past, but with Glinda's encouragement, she decides her own future as a good witch is more important. After receiving a pendant to harness her powers, Zelena views the western area of Oz, which she will be responsible for watching over. She and Glinda approach the wreckage from a cyclone to rescue a young girl named Dorothy. Fearing this child, who also arrived by cyclone, is the actual Witch of the West, Zelena researches the prophecy in the Book of Records; discovering the sorceress will "unseat the greatest evil the realm has ever seen", whom she believes is herself. Even with Glinda's advisement that her fears may be not true, Zelena plots to get rid of Dorothy by attacking the girl with fire. However, Dorothy counters her assailant with water; causing Zelena to physically melt away. Despite being seemingly dead, Zelena reemerges at the Wizard's Emerald City palace after Dorothy has rejected Glinda's offer of joining the sisterhood since she only wants to go home. Assuming the Wizard's voice, she sends Dorothy back to Kansas with the silver slippers, and then reveals herself to a shocked Glinda. Zelena reaffirms her goal of changing her own past, and to keep Glinda from finding another sorceress to fulfill the prophecy, she banishes the Witch of the South to the Enchanted Forest. ("Kansas")

With the Wizard under her control and Glinda trapped in the Enchanted Forest, Zelena takes dominion over the Emerald City and its guards. At some point, she acquires the elixir of the wounded heart. ("Heart of Gold")

One day while away from her chambers, Robin Hood, on Rumplestiltskin's orders, attempts to steal two vials of the elixir. Disguised as one of Zelena's guards, Robin manages to fill one vial, but he drops the second dose after she catches him trespassing. When she questions his actions, Robin Hood salutes and greets her, unaware that her guards know better than to talk to her. Even more suspicious now, Zelena demands to know why he is stealing from her. With his cover blown, Robin Hood grabs an enchanted bow from the room to fire at her. However, she duplicates two more illusions of herself to confuse him. As Zelena figures out he must have been sent by Rumplestiltskin, and he continues to not respond, she dissipates the illusions and hurls a fireball at him. Robin Hood dodges, letting his arrow fire as he does, causing the shaft to fly around the room until it hits a steam engine. With the room completely fogged up, Robin Hood escapes as Zelena is distracted. ("Heart of Gold")

Before Second Curse

Zelena, now known as the Wicked Witch of the West, eventually leaves Oz and begins taking residence in Regina's former palace, breaking the latter's magic lock on the crypt, which was created by blood magic. Conveniently, due to her blood link to Regina, this allows her easy access into the palace. Zelena later enacts her own protection spell to keep outsiders out. Threatening to harm Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip's unborn child, she forces them to notify her when the old inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest return. When they do so, she sends her minion, a flying monkey, to extract some of Regina's blood. After doing so, the Wicked Witch mixes the blood with a potion intending to seek revenge on Regina. ("New York City Serenade", "Witch Hunt")

While still in the palace, she notices Regina and a man break in through the underground tunnel with intentions of bringing down the barrier encasing the building. Zelena also learns that Regina is concocting her own brew of the Sleeping Curse and planning to use it on herself. Only after Regina, having broken the palace shield, prepares to use the curse, she finally reveals herself to the other woman. The Wicked Witch speaks freely about having tried on Regina's clothes and seeing all the various rooms in the palace such as the crypt. While Regina believes Zelena forcibly opened the crypt, which is bound by blood magic, she insists that is not the case. When she admits their relation as half-sisters, with Cora as their shared mother, Regina doesn't believe her. Zelena elaborates by detailing how she was sent away to Oz while scathingly recounting how Cora gave Regina everything. Though Regina considers her lucky to have escaped Cora's tyranny, Zelena is too hurt by her mother's abandonment. Additionally, Zelena feels inferior to her since they were both students of Rumplestiltskin, but yet she wasn't the one chosen to enact the curse. Upon learning Cora and Rumplestiltskin are dead, she is somewhat disappointed by the news. Nonetheless, Zelena announces that her true intent is to get what she desires; describing it as "her dreams being realized" while Regina will suffer a "fate worse than death". ("Witch Hunt")

Zelena entraps a man named Lumiere in the form of a candelabrum; forcing him to manipulate Belle and Neal into reviving Rumplestiltskin by using a key to open the vault of the Dark One. Unknown to the pair, whoever resurrects the Dark One will lose their life. Shortly after Neal opens the vault, he begins dying while Rumplestiltskin is resurrected. As opportunity would have it, Zelena reveals herself to Rumpletstiltskin as he is holding his son as well as the accursed dagger. Since he is unable to cling onto both Neal and the dagger, she grabs the weapon. To keep his son alive, Rumplestiltskin quickly absorbs him into his body. Zelena then orders him to kill Belle, but before he can, Zelena is entrapped by Lumiere's flames. Belle flees unharmed, taking Lumiere with her, while Zelena furiously seethes. ("Quiet Minds")

Leading Rumplestiltskin back to this old castle, she imprisons him in the great hall inside a human-sized cage. After learning Aurora and Prince Phillip told Snow White that she desires their unborn child, Zelena makes a speedy entrance to the palace to turn the twosome into flying monkeys as punishment. Leaving no time to waste, she immobilizes Snow White and does the same to Prince Charming and Regina when they attempt to defend the pregnant princess. Casually, she approaches to touch Snow White's belly and promises the child will soon be hers. Later, Snow White learns from the banished Good Witch of the South, Glinda, that Zelena's weakness is light magic. Since Emma's powers fit this description, Snow, with the assistance of Regina, proceeds to cast a new Dark Curse to return everyone to Storybrooke. In the midst of it, Zelena interferes by dropping a potion into the curse mixture, which will erase their memories of the past year in the Enchanted Forest. Victorious, she flies off back to the castle to ingest another potion to retain her memories during the curse. Zelena then hands the same vial to Rumplestiltskin; daring him to keep his memories or be foolish enough to want to forget. ("A Curious Thing")

During Second Curse

While in Storybrooke, Zelena imprisons a resurrected Mr. Gold, courtesy of Neal, who previously used a key on the vault of the Dark One to bring back his father. As a price of opening the vault, Neal was supposed to die, but just before he perished, Mr. Gold absorbed him into his own body. At a town hall meeting, she gets her first glimpse of the savior, Emma, who is attempting to figure out who caused the new curse. One of the residents, Leroy, openly blames the mayor, Regina; an accusation that the other townspeople and Emma seemingly agree with. In a display of frustration, Regina causes a tremor and magically disappears out of the room. Zelena, sitting at the end of one aisle, watches the situation with interest. Under the disguise of a midwife, she becomes acquainted with Mary Margaret at the diner, and becomes an asset to the expecting mother, who desires a midwife to help her throughout the final stages of the pregnancy. Hours later, Leroy announces to the town's citizens that Emma caught Regina making a memory potion, which will apparently allow whoever drinks it to recall who cursed them. To protect herself from exposure, Zelena teleports into the mayoral office during the night to steal the potion, but disappears in green smoke when Emma and Regina burst in to apprehend her. Luckily, they do not catch a glimpse of her face, which is shrouded by the smoke. That same night, she magically opens a cellar door outside her house and carries a tray of food to a ragged and disheveled Mr. Gold, who grabs her arm to hiss that she should have never brought him back. She laughs, roughly kicking the tray into the cell, snidely telling him to "eat up" since they've got work to do and then strolls out of the cellar with ease. ("Witch Hunt", "Quiet Minds")

Paying Mr. Gold another visit in the cellar, she walks in on him furiously spinning straw into gold. Zelena unlocks the cell door, daring him to harm her, though she is well aware he cannot since she possesses the Dark One's Dagger. She forces him to sit still so she gives him a facial shave, using the dagger as razor, while she sourly recounts how her drunken father often made her shave him. She recalls him telling her to "put on her best face", which was impossible since the outside always shows what is rotting on the inside. On purpose, Zelena nicks Mr. Gold to get a droplet of his blood, though she pretends it was an accident. Later, she goes to the pawnshop, which is now run by Belle, to ask for a baby gift for Mary Margaret, but quickly freezes the girl, and uses Mr. Gold's blood on a locked compartment behind a wall painting to retrieve a plant called night root. On her first day as midwife, Zelena is introduced to Mary Margaret's husband, David, and makes the couple chamomile tea at their apartment. Without their notice, she spikes David's tea with night root, later causing the man to fight a physical manifestation of himself as his greatest fear. He manages to kill it with his own sword hilt, which Zelena magically pockets in her handbag. While leaving the apartment, Zelena gushes enthusiastically about Mary Margaret's charming husband and reassures the expecting mother that with her around, she won't need to worry about the baby. ("The Tower")

Discovering Mr. Gold has broken out of the cellar, Zelena exerts the power of the dagger to summon Mr. Gold, which doesn't work due to Neal, in his father's body, resisting the weapon's power. Angry at the failure, she sends a flying monkey to search for him. Mary Margaret phones her, panicked about not feeling the baby move recently, to which Zelena hurries over to the apartment with groceries. She calms her down, stating it's normal for babies to move infrequently as the labor date nears, and offers orange juice. Mary Margaret brushes off the baby's current state as due to her own worries, though Zelena knows the Wicked Witch, which everyone in town is talking about, must also be giving her stress. After Mary Margaret downs all of the orange juice, she is surprised to feel the baby kick. Delighted, the dutiful midwife happily remarks that Mary Margaret could have the child any day now. Disguising sinister words in a cheerful tone, Zelena even says that she simply won't allow Mary Margaret to have the child without her. Later, she excuses herself to the bathroom and escapes the apartment through an open window. As luck would have it, Zelena disappears in time just before Emma and David discover, from Mr. Gold, her identity as the Wicked Witch. They burst in to apprehend Zelena, but she is gone. In the woods, she meets up with a stoic Mr. Gold, who is watching over the corpse of his dead son, after their bodies were magically separated by Emma. He attempts to attack her, but she subdues him with the dagger. Despite that her real persona has been exposed, Zelena claims she'll have much use for Mr. Gold's brain. ("Quiet Minds")

Zelena storms the town diner threatening anyone who gets in her way will have to deal with the Dark One. She announces herself as Regina's half-sister and forces her into a showdown on Main Street after sundown. Before the deadline, she catches Mr. Gold's lover, Belle, entering the cellar and attempting to guide him out of the prison. Once the girl flees, Zelena magically induces Mr. Gold to give a message to the rest of Belle's allies, David, Emma and Tinker Bell, outside the cellar, that anyone who attempts to hinder her quest to take down Regina will die. At nightfall, Zelena shows up, with Mr. Gold in tow, though Regina is absent. When challenged by Emma, who she sees as an unworthy opponent, Zelena has Mr. Gold magically fling her away. Regina arrives to the confrontation, having accepted they are sisters, but doesn't understand the grudge Zelena has against her. Zelena wickedly remarks that it's because Regina was born, and she receives a slap in retaliation. As they trade blows in magic, Zelena furiously declares that Regina had everything even though she didn't appreciate or deserve it. Eventually, she magically chokes Regina and sends her flying into the clock tower. Then, Zelena attempts to rip out her sister's heart, but discovers it is hidden elsewhere. Before taking off on a broom, she savagely promises to take everything Regina has. Locking up Mr. Gold once more, Zelena informs him that what she is planning to cast isn't a curse, but something to give herself a second chance to change her own past. ("It's Not Easy Being Green")

Despite her easy defeat of the savior the prior night, Zelena knows she can't kill Emma, who has powerful magic within her and could be a threat. She makes use of Hook, the sole person in Storybrooke that retained his memories from the past year, and is also aware he is in love with Emma. Devising a scheme to take down the savior, she disguises herself as Ariel, a mermaid who once sought Hook's aid in finding the man she loves, Prince Eric, only for him to selfishly choose to reclaim his ship over helping her. As Ariel, she tricks Hook into believing since the new curse, Eric hasn't returned and asks for his help locating him. They track down Eric's cloak at the pawnshop and pour a potion on it, which leads them straight to the harbor and then sinks into the water. "Ariel" pretends to be distraught; believing this is a sign Eric is dead. Overcome with guilt, Hook confesses having met Ariel during the missing year in the Enchanted Forest in which he chose to save his ship over Eric's life; hoping it would fill a void left in his heart from having to leave the woman he loved. To prove he still believes in love, "Ariel" makes him swear on the woman's name, but no sooner do the words "Emma Swan" come out of his mouth, Zelena places a curse on him. Revealing her true self, she explains that the real Ariel already found Eric on an island outside the boundaries of the curse and they are now together. Zelena also declares she has cursed him so he can kiss Emma, which will remove all of the savior's magic. Though Hook refuses, she promises to kill all of Emma's loved ones should he fail. ("The Jolly Roger")

While distracting Regina with a visit to her house, Zelena has Mr. Gold fetch her sister's heart from Robin Hood. Then, she dolls Mr. Gold up by making him wear an extravagant suit and later sit down for a meal with her. Over dinner, she fills him in on her motives for collecting various ingredients, like David's sword and Regina's heart, in order to cast a time spell to change her own past. At first, Mr. Gold has doubts Zelena can actually do it, but she sweetens the deal by offering to take him along with her so he can be reunited with his son again. Impressed, her former teacher admits he was wrong to have not chosen her in the past and makes up for his errors by engaging Zelena in a heady make-out session. Zelena falls under his alluring spell, but not for long, especially when she realizes he is only toying with her long enough to grab the dagger. Seizing control of the weapon before he can reach it, she angrily berates Mr. Gold for his lost chance of ever seeing his son again and orders him back to his cell. ("Bleeding Through")

On the town roadside, Zelena awaits Mr. Gold, who drives up and unveils a kidnapped Hook inside the trunk. She warns Hook for the last time to get a move on her plan to eliminate Emma's magic, or Henry will pay the price. He fails to follow her orders and even attempts to take the boy out of Storybrooke in secret. Zelena sends several flying monkeys after them, but all are destroyed. While Henry, his memory loss cured by touching the fairytale storybook, is basking in a reunion with Regina, Zelena grabs and proceeds to choke him. Regina's attempt to defend her son is overturned when she is knocked unconscious as Zelena continues to aggressively suffocate Henry. However, she is caught off guard when Emma uses magic to scald her. This moment of distraction causes her to let go of Henry and retreat from the fight. After the battle, Regina breaks the new curse by giving Henry a kiss of true love. ("A Curious Thing")

After Second Curse

Proceeding with her plan to enact a time spell, Zelena takes the gold strands Mr. Gold spun and transforms it into his brain; another needed ingredient. She then has him dig a symbol into the ground of the barn. The last spell component — the baby — is missing since Mary Margaret is in labor, but also because Emma created a magic barrier around the delivery room to keep Zelena out. She catches Emma and Hook approaching the barn and quickly turns the situation in her own favor by drowning the pirate until he is unconscious; therefore forcing the savior to resuscitate him and be stripped of her magic. In doing so, Emma's protective spell fades. On her way to claim the last ingredient for the spell, Zelena subdues the Merry Men, Belle and Regina before stealing Mary Margaret's newborn son. Returning to the barn, she begins the spell only for David, Emma, Hook, Regina and Robin Hood to intervene. While everyone else is no match for Zelena, Regina overpowers her with light magic. Regina snatches Zelena's pendant, rendering her powerless without magic, and takes away the dagger as well. Simmering with rage, Mr. Gold attempts to kill Zelena for enslaving him, but Regina spares her sister's life. Imprisoned in a jail cell, Zelena grudgingly accepts her current dilemma, but fails to understand why she is still alive. Regina sympathizes with her since they both suffered as Cora's daughters and having lives they didn't want. She also knows what it's like to be fueled by vengeance and gives Zelena a second chance to reshape a better future for herself. Later on, Mr. Gold, wielding the dagger, seeks payback for his son's death by stabbing Zelena to death although she was smiling. Her body transforms into a statue, which he then shatters into pieces. Unseen to his eyes, the remains of her body turn into powder and vanish. Tucked away in the vault, Zelena's pendant airs out a greenish smoke, joining with her life force, before traveling to the barn, where it engulfs the time spell symbol on the ground. ("Kansas")

Once the time portal is activated, and Emma and Hook have gone through into it, Zelena secretly goes with them. ("There's No Place Like Home", "Heart of Gold")

Upon discovering the pair are going to bring Maid Marian to present-day Storybrooke, she kills the woman and assumes her form with the help of a six-leaf clover of Oz. Thus, Emma and Hook end up unknowingly bringing her home with them. ("There's No Place Like Home", "Heart of Gold")

At some point after turning into Marian, Zelena uses magic to learn everything she can about her.[2]

As Marian, Zelena reunites with Robin Hood, which puts a wedge in his budding romance with Regina. Deciding to honor his marriage vows, Robin Hood breaks up with Regina, who schemes to travel back in time and kill Marian. Instead, when the town is under attack by an ice monster, she saves Marian's life. While getting accustomed to town, Marian goes to an ice cream parlor with Robin Hood and Roland. There, Ingrid gifts her a free ice cream cone, which she secretly infuses with a freezing spell. After consuming the frozen treat, Marian attends a town hall meeting, where she collapses and begins freezing to death. Since true love's kiss doesn't work, Regina takes out Marian's heart to keep her from dying. Once Ingrid is defeated, Marian unfreezes, and with the return of her heart, she regains consciousness. Later, she arrives at the diner and thanks Regina for saving her life. Knowing that Regina and Robin Hood have feelings for each other, Marian states her intent to step away as she does not wish her husband to be with her out of obligation. While playing with Roland at a park riverside, she passes out from remnants of Ingrid's magic re-affecting her body. As there is no magic outside the town line, Regina recognizes Marian can only survive by leaving Storybrooke. Due to leftover fragments of Ingrid's curse, however, those who go out of town can never return. Knowing Marian will be in an unknown land outside of Storybrooke, Regina pushes Robin Hood to take Roland and depart with his wife, which he does. ("There's No Place Like Home", "A Tale of Two Sisters", "Rocky Road", "Heroes and Villains")

After leaving Storybrooke for New York City, Zelena continues to pretend to be Marian until she and Robin Hood cross paths with Mr. Gold, who has a heart attack stemming from the poison of all his dark deeds. Robin Hood retrieves a magic elixir to heal him, but Zelena switches it out, before revealing her true form to Mr. Gold. As Zelena gleefully explains how she survived her own death, Mr. Gold suffers another heart attack that stops his heart, but the doctors manage to revive him. Later, she promises to give him the elixir if he stops trying to kill her and makes the Author write her a happy ending, which he agrees to. As Marian, Zelena confronts her husband about finding Regina's phone number on his mobile. She gives him an ultimatum to make a choice between her or Regina, and Robin Hood eventually chooses her, citing that they were once happy together and he wants to regain that happiness again. Upon Mr. Gold's return to Storybrooke, he has Regina call Robin Hood's phone, in which she discovers Zelena is alive and has been masquerading as Marian this whole time. With this shocking truth, Mr. Gold hopes to blackmail Regina into helping them with the Author. As parting words, Zelena vows she and her sister will see each other again. ("Heart of Gold")

Continuing to pose as Marian, Zelena comes home to find Regina revealing the truth about her to Robin Hood. When Regina threatens her, she feigns ignorance and looks to her husband for protection. After Robin Hood manages to make Regina stop, Zelena grins wickedly before pulling out the six-leaf clover and reverting to her true self. With the truth out in the open, Regina urges Robin Hood to get Roland and leave with her, but he declines. Zelena smugly states that he'll want to stay, to which Regina presses him for an answer. After a moment, Robin Hood admits Zelena is pregnant. ("Lily")

Taken back to Storybrooke, Zelena is imprisoned by Regina in a cell in the hospital's psychiatric ward, where she taunts her sister about being unable to kill her without making her child motherless. After obtaining magic ink from Lily, Regina brings the Author, Isaac, to the cell so he can rewrite Zelena out of existence. Learning what will happen to her, Zelena compares Regina to the same level of cruelty that Cora once showed her. As Regina takes in her words, Robin Hood walks in. Backtracking against her plan to hurt Zelena, Regina considers how they are each their own worst enemy, before deciding she will move forward with Robin even if her sister remains in the picture. ("Mother")

After Isaac rewrites new lives for everyone, he sends Zelena and every former Enchanted Forest native to an alternate reality inside his book, Heroes and Villains. ("Operation Mongoose Part 1")

After Isaac rewrites everyone's stories in the Heroes and Villains book, Zelena becomes Robin Hood's bride-to-be, as they plan to marry soon. One day, she enters a tavern to find him talking to a famed thief, Regina, who she gushes over upon meeting. Zelena invites Regina to their wedding ceremony, but Regina declines, deciding to make haste since the Queen is looking for her. Following Henry's plan to reverse Isaac's stories, Regina rushes to stop Robin Hood's wedding. Sidetracked by Rumplestiltskin, Emma duels him while Regina hurries on. Inside the church, Zelena stands at the altar with Robin Hood as the officiant asks her husband-to-be if he will take her in marriage. He hesitates, briefly locking eyes with Regina, who abandons her plans of intervening in order to save Henry from being killed by Rumplestiltskin. After the ceremony concludes, Zelena walks out with her husband. He, upon seeing an injured Regina, rushes to her side. A puzzled Zelena follows, questioning him about what's going on, before noting that Regina is getting blood on her dress. Robin presses her to consider that someone is dying, but she angrily asserts that today was suppose to be her day. As Zelena's jealousy grows, the skin on her hand turns green, causing her to run off in distress. Once Henry harnesses the quill and becomes the next Author, Isaac's stories are undone and everyone returns to their old lives in Storybrooke. ("Operation Mongoose Part 1", "Operation Mongoose Part 2")

Before Third Curse

In the middle of meditating in her cell, Zelena is visited by Regina and Hook. They explain Emma has become the Dark One and they need to take out her darkness, but to reach her in the other world, the Apprentice's wand must be used by someone with enough light and dark essence. Robin encourages her to help, suggesting if she does, their baby can live without darkness, but she snaps that the baby is hers and calls him an unwilling pawn she used to create the child. This leads to squabbling between her and Regina, prompting Hook to ask if Zelena is going to help them or not, which she agrees to. After examining the wand, Zelena declares they need something important of Emma's to guide the portal to its destination. Since Regina is unwilling to ever let Zelena off her leash, Hook later returns to break Zelena out. To ensure she behaves, Hook uses a potion on his hook to rip out her heart, but upon his attempt, he is thrown back by a shield, as Zelena casually admits she cast a protection spell on her heart eons ago. Grabbing Hook's blade, she hacks off her left hand, removing the magic bracelet, and reattaches the hand. Finally able to use her magic freely, Zelena teleports out. Disguised as Regina, she rushes into the apartment to inform Robin about Zelena's escape, but when Robin kisses her, he realizes who she is, prompting Zelena to morph back. Zelena takes him as leverage and bargains with Regina for the wand, which she wants to use to go back to Oz and have the life she wants with her unborn child. Regina forfeits the wand, to which gleeful Zelena creates a cyclone, but she is weakened from her magic being drained, giving Regina the chance to reclasp the bracelet on her. Taken to the diner, Zelena is bound to a chair by Robin and David, while Regina uses Emma's blanket to redirect the approaching cyclone into taking them to the Enchanted Forest. ("The Dark Swan")

After the diner is taken to the Enchanted Forest, some of the people present go in search of Emma, and after she is found, the group is met by King Arthur and his men, who lead them to Camelot. Zelena, along with everyone else, later enter into King Arthur's castle. ("The Dark Swan")

At the castle, King Arthur introduces the group to his Queen, Guinevere, and he announces there will be a ball held in their honor. Zelena pressures Regina to remove her bracelet or she’ll tell Arthur that Emma is the Dark One, but Regina swiftly shuts her sister up with a magical wave of her hand, rendering her incapable of speaking, much to Robin Hood’s amusement. ("The Price")

Forced to play the part of Regina's mute handmaiden, Zelena sits in Merlin's tower while her sister is researching magical remedies for freeing the sorcerer. Before Robin leaves the room to get tea for Regina, he gives her a quick kiss, as Zelena watches with disdain. Regina then restores Zelena's voice, confronting her about her prior escape attempt to Oz, and tries to reason with Zelena, stating she cannot take the baby away from Robin. Unapologetic for her actions, Zelena considers that Regina is going to take the baby from her, though the child could be her only chance at happiness. Zelena asks why she can't have a second chance since Regina got one, to which the latter angrily recalls that she already used up two second chances, and then tells her to stop painting herself as the victim. An incited Zelena argues that while Regina may see life as fair, she herself still sees only one sister getting all the toys in the box. Regina abruptly mutes her again, cautioning Zelena to remember that she is still the Evil Queen, and that she can be far worse towards her if she wishes. Instead of that, though, Regina promises she'll ensure the baby is loved and safe, while also making sure the same won't happen for Zelena. ("Siege Perilous")

After the heroes free Merlin, Zelena regroups with them at the diner, where she lies down on the diner counter, while overhearing them discuss breaking into Arthur's castle. Upon hearing David explain to the others that they should take the guards by surprise at the front gate, Zelena slaps her forehead, knowing it's a bad idea. Hook goes on to say they will diverge at the wall bridge and then climb up the castle. Regina suggests she use magic to poof herself into Arthur's bedroom, to which Zelena gives an audible sneer and motions for her voice to be restored. When she is able to speak again, Zelena convinces them that their plans are garbage and the best way is to sneak in without attracting attention. She admits, during the time she was Regina's handmaiden, she was plotting an escape and did find a way out. Zelena shows them to an abandoned tunnel which gives access to the castle courtyard, but it's protected by a huge metal grate and magic, hence, why she couldn't go through it. As a reward, she wants the cuff removed, but Regina decides to save that for after they return. Mary Margaret stays behind to guard Zelena, whose wrists are bound behind her back. While working to undo her binds, Zelena weeps over no one believing she is truly trying to help, and how Regina is always winning instead of her. In the next instant, she coughs and lurches in faux pain, causing a concerned Mary Margaret to check up on her. Suddenly, Zelena gives her a hard kick with her legs, as she pulls the loose rope from her freed hands to tie up an unconscious Mary Margaret. Arthur removes Zelena's cuff, and Zelena surprises the heroes with a captive Mary Margaret, before helping Arthur enact a spell to tether Merlin to Excalibur. Once Arthur summons Merlin, he orders the sorcerer to disarm the group and send them away, and Merlin obeys, leaving only Zelena behind. ("Nimue")

In the forest, Zelena and Arthur wait for Emma to show and turn over the flame ember and the dagger to them, or else they'll make Merlin kill her family. Emma asks them to release her family before she gives them what they want, but she forfeits the flame ember after Zelena threatens to kill either Hook or David first. When Zelena opens the box containing the ember, however, black coils of Emma's dark magic wrap her to a tree. Arthur frees Zelena after Hook disarms him, to which Zelena poofs herself and Arthur back to the castle. As they need the help of the whole Camelot kingdom to beat the heroes, the pair go to DunBroch in search of a magical helm that can influence people into fighting for their cause. From the old witch, they learn she gave the helm to King Fergus in a deal, leading them to steal a bow that Fergus gifted his daughter Merida, as a way to locate the missing helm. After the helm is found in a river bank, Merida prevents Arthur from taking it by dueling him, while Zelena takes on Mulan, before she is promptly knocked out by Ruby's sleeping powder. When Merida's clansmen corner them, a groggy Zelena uses her magic so that she and Arthur can retreat from battle once more. ("Birth", "The Bear King")

After Hook becomes a Dark One, he enacts another curse, hoping to return to Storybrooke and get his revenge on Mr. Gold. To stop him and find a way to return him to who he used to be, Emma traps Hook's memories from the last six weeks in a dreamcatcher, and she does the same with everyone else, to ensure no one remembers Hook becoming a Dark One. After putting the cuff back on Zelena's wrist, she adds the dreamcatcher into the curse brew, creating a full memory wipe. Soon, the curse spreads and sends them all back to Storybrooke. ("Broken Heart")

After Third Curse

Upon arrival back in Storybrooke, everyone in the diner crashes to the floor from the impact of the building dropping on the ground, and as they get up, the group realize they are still in Camelot attire, and the last thing anyone recalls is entering King Arthur's castle. Emma, in order to keep Hook's secret under wraps, enters and professes that she will punish them for what they did to her. ("The Dark Swan", "The Price", "Broken Heart")

Sometime after returning to Storybrooke, Zelena gets a sonogram of the growing baby, which Regina gives to Robin Hood to view on a phone. ("Siege Perilous")

While Zelena is reading "What to Expect When You're Expecting" in her cell, she happily feels a kick from the baby, just as Nurse Ratched enters to bring her lunch. Zelena hopes to satisfy her craving for onion rings, but her appetite promptly diminishes after the nurse uncovers the plate, revealing green vegetables. The nurse explains she is following Regina's orders of feeding her only local, organically grown food, to which Zelena refuses the plate and shoos her off. After the nurse is gone, Emma appears in Zelena's cell, teleporting her to her house. There, Emma offers Zelena onion rings, which the redhead eagerly consumes, not knowing that Emma has put magic in the food to later accelerate the pregnancy to full-term. Zelena knows the treat is not without a catch, to which Emma offers Zelena freedom and protection from Regina and the others, in exchange for helping her with the Apprentice's wand. Zelena brings up her knowledge that she acquired from the ward janitor, who told her about Emma ripping out Violet's heart and forcing her to reject Henry. Although she herself has committed bad acts, Zelena also knows what it's like to be betrayed by a mother and being angry about it for years. She tells Emma to prepare for a lifetime of resentment from Henry, while Emma believes Henry just needs time before he forgives her. However, Zelena cautions that some things can't be forgiven, and when she recalls causing Neal's death, Emma coldly asks whether they have a deal or not. Zelena turns down Emma's offer, not wanting a bad influence on her child, and has her own problems to deal with. Emma believes Zelena will change her mind in the future, but the latter considers that she doesn't mind being alone, while the same cannot be said for Emma. Wordlessly, Emma transports Zelena back to her cell. ("The Bear and the Bow", "Birth")

While reading a story to her baby, Zelena feels a hard kick in the stomach that she chalks up to child's growing strength. However, she feels another kick that turns into intense pain as her pregnancy rapidly accelerates because of Emma's dark magic, which she was unknowingly affected by after ingesting the onion rings Emma gave her. She shouts for help, causing Nurse Ratched to call in Regina and Robin, who find Zelena's pregnancy has reached full term in a matter of minutes, and she is going into labor. Zelena, seated in a wheelchair, howls in agony as the nurse wheels her into a hospital room on the upper level, where she is prepped on the bed for the birth. During this, Belle rushes in, telling them that Emma is after the baby's first cry for a spell to banish the light magic inside herself. Dr. Whale instructs her on when to push during the labor, and Zelena eventually gives birth to a healthy baby girl. As Robin and Regina meet the newborn, Zelena cannot help but comment on her sister's envy towards her for having Robin's baby. Regina looks down in dismay, but before she can respond, Emma shows up, not for the baby, but to take Zelena, who she intends to put her and Hook's darkness into and then kill to ensure the Dark One lineage is extinguished forever. Chained in Emma's basement, Zelena convinces Hook to use the enchantment on his hook to rip off her cuff, so she can regain her powers. With her restored magic, she magically switches out of her frumpy hospital gown for a stylish new outfit, and then frees Hook. Upstairs, Zelena sneaks out the back door, while Hook stays behind to get answers from Emma. Instead of leaving, Zelena finds one of Emma's dreamcatchers outside, and from looking into the memories stored inside, she discovers Emma made Hook a Dark One when he was on the brink of death. After Hook paralyzes Emma with squid ink, the redhead witch returns, stabbing Hook in the chest to prove he is immortal, and then shows him his lost memories in the dreamcatcher. ("Birth")

As retaliation for taking his memories, Hook steals Emma's memories so she forgets what his ultimate goal is. While Emma is weakened from the memory wipe, Zelena places the enchanted cuff on her wrist to ensure she can't use magic. Zelena then questions Hook about whether helping him guarantees he will not start trouble with her, to which he agrees he will leave her be, as long as she stays out of his way as well. Heading into the hospital, Zelena puts Nurse Ratched to sleep when she gets in her way, before proceeding to look for her baby. Zelena finds Regina waiting for her in the hallway, and when she looks into the incubator room, she discovers her daughter missing. While Zelena cries foul over Regina taking her baby because, for once, she has something her sister doesn't have, Regina expresses disgust over how Zelena got the child in the first place. Hoping to put a stop to this insanity between them, Regina takes Zelena to the loft, where Robin is tending to his daughter. Regina, whose maternal love for Henry changed her into a better person, has some hope that the same could happen for Zelena with her child. Robin, too, consents to allowing Zelena to visit and be part of their daughter's life as her mother, as long as either he or Regina are present. Zelena is then given a chance to hold her baby, whom she affectionately calls her "little green bean". ("Broken Heart")

With the rise of the previous Dark Ones from the Underworld, Zelena quickly catches on that they intend to brand some of Storybrooke residents so they can gain physical bodies in exchange for the souls they sacrifice. Poofing into an alleyway, she announces to Regina and Robin of her intentions to grant herself sole custody of her daughter. When Robin reacts defensively by aiming an arrow at her, Zelena laughs at his gesture, stating that there's no point in fighting when he and Regina will be dead soon. Moments later, two Dark Ones saunter up to Regina and Robin from behind, branding their souls for the Underworld. Zelena disappears to the mayoral office, taking a seat in the chair, and begins picking out a shade of green to repaint the walls. In agreement with Robin that Zelena needs to go, Regina harnesses the Apprentice's wand, taking Zelena to the clock tower, where she summons a cyclone to take her sister back to Oz. Despite clinging onto the edge of the broken clock face, Zelena is pulled away by the cyclone's powerful winds and into the portal. ("Swan Song")


Adoptive Mother
Adoptive Father
Robin Hood
ZelenaEvil Queen/Regina Mills
DaughterHenry Mills


  • Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationships
  • Dashed lines denote marriage, adoption relationships, and relationships that result in offspring
  • denotes the deceased
  • Henry Mills is Regina's adoptive son



Character Notes

Production Notes

  • The casting call for her younger self describes her as "11-13 to PLAY 12. Has not yet transformed into the evil, Wicked Witch of Oz. Wretchedly poor and despised by her father for her magical gifts, Zelena only wishes to escape her terrible fate. And then, one day, she discovers that the key to that escape may actually be in the magic he loathes so much. Giving her a chance to prove her worth, and change her life forever... LARGE CO-STAR, POSSIBLE GUEST STAR."[6]
  • The role of the Wicked Witch of the West was written specifically for Rebecca Mader.[7]
  • Rebecca Mader's scenes as the Wicked Witch were filmed with a blue background screen rather than the typical green screen, which used for other characters during filming, because her green make-up blends too much into the green screen.[8]
  • At least five different shades of green are used to make Rebecca Mader's skin green for her role as the Wicked Witch.[9] Incidentally, Rebecca Mader also later stated in another interview that seven shades of green are used.[8]

Props Notes


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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